Morsels of Hope: A Review of Brownie Crumbs and Other Life Morsels
In 2016, just days before Christmas break, I had the opportunity to sit down and meet with author and speaker, Christy Cabe. Christy, along with her husband Kraig, drove into Roanoke for a meeting with liquid gold in hand – Starbucks. As I sipped my Venti, iced Americano with sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup (not ashamed), Christy opened up about her family, several life experiences, and her venture into the digital world as she approached her self-published book launch.
I barely knew Christy, but she was way cool in my mind. For someone who’s always dreamed of writing and publishing a book, hanging out with her for the morning seemed like a great way to gain insight into the process. I was vaguely familiar with her blog before meeting, and upon reading a few entries, I quickly realized that her writing style and story-telling methods were similar to popular authors such as Shauna Niequist and Ann Voskamp – that’s some seriously good company.
We talked briefly about social media strategies and the intentional use of hashtags, but all in all, Christy seemed prepared to launch. The following months proved so as she carried out a creative and successful launch campaign. It was fun to see the creative graphics and videos that were strategically released in order to build up awareness and excitement – I know I was excited!
I was so thrilled at the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Brownie Crumbs and Other Life Morsels, I read it in one day. Let me be clear – I am not a fast reader. In fact, I am notorious for reading two thirds of a book and forgetting about the rest, as if the last few chapters don’t deserve to be read. It’s my most consistent character flaw, really.
Well, my character flaw stood no chance against Brownie Crumbs.
Throughout the entire book, I felt as if I knew Christy. I’m talking really knew, not just from our brief meet-cute over liquid gold. The entire first chapter was set up to prepare me for the rest of the book. It contained short stories about seemingly disconnected moments in Christy’s life. As I read on, stories, analogies, and memories flooded the pages of her book – several of them pointing back to those short stories from the first chapter. This creative approach to set the stage is something I haven’t seen before, but as I realized what was happening, I loved it.
Life morsel: just because something is not ideal doesn’t mean it is not okay.
With each page turn, I was drawn into her story. Maybe it was the way she wrote, or maybe it was the story itself, but as I read, her words fed my soul. Her story was so relatable, and she openly shared it with such beauty and bravery. Though I haven’t experienced motherhood yet, I did lose one of my parents at a very young age. And though I’ve never been in the trenches of cancer treatment, my father-in-law was just diagnosed with Lymphoma and her words gave me comfort. Her circumstances beautifully portrayed the faithfulness and steadfastness of the Lord, and her words surrounding those circumstances gave me hope and joy.
I also found it highly entertaining that her seemingly unrequited love for her now husband took a turning point on November 11th. I, too, had a similar unrequited love situation with my now husband that also reached a turning point on November 11th. That made me smile.
Christy’s ability to speak truth and life into situations the World would deem hopeless gave me more encouragement than I can express. What a gift to be able to tell stories in a way that breeds hope. And though I’m not a mother yet, the journey of heartache and triumph she was able to faithfully walk with her husband and children fills me with excitement to fiercely love my family in the same way.
But I learned that grief must be acknowledged. It can’t be stuffed in the closet in hopes that it will never come back to haunt you. No, it is better to look it in the face and call it by its many names. It is loss. It is difficult. It is unfair. It is unbiased. It is sad. It is unpredictable.
It is what it is.
All in all, Christy’s words were good for my soul – I wanted to savor them just as she did with the last brownie in the pan. If you’re looking for a story to encourage you, bring hope, and spur you on toward a more authentic relationship with our Creator, consider reading Brownie Crumbs and Other Life Morsels. The book is officially live to the public today and can be purchased on Amazon in paperback or Kindle version.
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